Hurricane (Tempest: book 3)

The big news is that the completed manuscript for Hurricane (book 3 in the Tempest series), has arrived back from my editor. What should I do with it next? Stephen King says (and who am I to argue with him?) that when you’ve written a book you should put it in a drawer and forget about it for six weeks. I sort of am going to do that – and sort of not.

The first thing I did when I got it all back was go through every suggested change and either agree with it, disagree with it, or rewrite that sentence, paragraph, page or chapter. There wasn’t too much rewriting, but my editor’s suggestions sometimes threw out either how I’d missed the point I was aiming for, or how I could have been more precise, or articulate, in making it. But mostly I accepted her suggestions; she has a deft touch. The complete manuscript now stands at 88,580 words.

So what I’m going to do now is nothing at all on Hurricane. I will continue working on Tempest Origins (book 4 and the final book in the series). I shall read a few books for fun and relaxation. And I will probably watch a bad film or two. Or maybe a good film. Then I’m going to format the set-aside Hurricane as an eBook, email it to my Kindle, and read it once again.

After that I’ll email the (updated/altered/revised/unchanged) Kindle version out to a couple of gullible fools trusted readers for their views on how it sits. And then I’ll get back to the book 4, the Tempest Origins piece. I do wonder, in my most sleepless of nights, what I’m going to do when I’ve finished writing this quartet. I think I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

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